After 4 days at sea from Hawaii, we landed at Pago Pago on the isle of Tutuila in American Samoa. Pago Pago is a small town that lies in Pago Pago Harbor which is a submerged crater that opens to the sea. Here we toured the island in open air wooden seated busses that held 22 passengers. These busses were used as the main transportation on the island. Our first stop was to view “Flowerpot Rock” (Fatu-ma-futi) which was a small islet in the harbor. Along the way we passed homes with above ground graves in the front yard. It is the custom that family members are buried on their property or in some cases in their homes. We traveled to the village of Leone which is the site of the first missionary landing on the island. Here we view the church which commemorated the event. Our last stop was in Vailoatai for an Ava Ceremony (Welcome Ceremony). Upon returning to the ship we checked out the pier side Craft Market, before going aboard. On the other side of the harbor was Rainmaker Mountain which we could see from our balcony.
The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.